Clubfoot Parents — You Have Support!
Spooky events and scary moments are great for the Halloween season, but no parent enjoys being surprised by learning their newborn has clubfoot. Clubfoot is a highly treatable birth defect. Still, it’s a long treatment process and it’s easy for parents to feel alone and overwhelmed. Parents, you aren’t alone. We have a growing and thriving community of families living with treated clubfoot and being treated right here in Ladera Ranch.
Plenty of others have gone through, or are currently going through, exactly what you are facing now as a parent of a child with clubfoot. You can easily connect with them, as well as parents all over the country, through several Facebook groups. These forums allow you to ask questions, get tips, and generally socialize with others who understand your situation. “Adults/teens with clubfoot,” “Babies Born With Fixed Talipes in the South West,” “Clubfoot California,” “Clubfoot Community of California,” “Clubfoot mommas,” “CLUBFOOT RESEARCH FORUM,” and “Parents and friends of children with clubbed feet” are just a few of the many available groups you could join.
Our own office has a network of mothers who have gone through these same experiences. The local group is growing and has a newsletter. You do not even have to be a patient through our office to join this group and receive correspondence.
Now, it’s one thing to talk with others online and read articles. It’s a whole different experience to be able to meet local parents in person. We have a support group with families experiencing each of the three treatment stages. You can meet up with any of them to learn more about the treatments and ask questions. You can also make friends and join in on fun outings for the children—like the upcoming Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 meetup at the San Diego Zoo. There’s another event on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at the Ladera Ranch Mall’s indoor play area. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes to both events!
Parents, clubfoot may be a frightening diagnosis, but you don’t have to fear. You aren’t alone. If you’d like any information about local support groups, our upcoming events on Oct. 22 and 28, or clubfoot in general, contact us! You can reach Southern California Foot & Ankle Specialists through our website, using our Facebook page, or by calling (949) 364-9255.